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Super BuyRite

Not Rated.
Super BuyRiteSuper BuyRite
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

222 Route 31 S
Pennington, New Jersey, 08534-3509
United States
phone: (609) 737-0358

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Notes:
Formerly Circle Liquors.

(Place added by: RonfromJersey)
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Lots and lots of beer but I had a difficult time finding anything unique or unusual. There was no service. One of the guys there was reading the newspaper and acting like he didn't want to wait on people at the checkout line.

Most of their beers are in coolers which might be considered a plus. I picked up a mixer sixer and struggled to put this together.

Flying Fish Hopfish: $2
Bahnhoof Berliner Weiss (2): $3.99
Legacy Midnight Wit: $2.25
Ipswich IPA: $2
Flying Fish Grand Gru: $2

$16.81 for a six pack? Yup.

The Legacy Wit was so bad I had to dump it out. It gets good ratings on BA so I suspect it was either a fluke or the result of improper storage (in the cooler?).

Overall, I think one could do better for unique domestic craft selection and service.

11-26-2008 16:10:11 | More by Yetiman420
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gkatsoris


3.2/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

A: This place has SERIOUSLY gone down hill ovr the years since it has changed owners. It is slowly, but surly, turning into a crap hole.

Q: Very very big inside. A huge assortment of brandy's and wine's. And the beer; EVREYTHING is cold...WOW! Decent parking. Becareful pulling in, dangerous circle traffic.

Ser: ***PLEASE HIRE, AND KEEP, someone who cares about craft brew!!!*** No one came up to me, and when I asked to use their restroom, they told they didn't have one. (At least tell me I am not allowed to use it; don't tell me you don't have one.)

Sel: They had such a vast selection (picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Local 1). Their selection is pretty split between 12oz and bombers...and again everything is in coolers.

V: Same as most Jersey liquor stores, pretty competitive.

*** edit

01-12-2008 05:01:19 | More by gkatsoris
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evh883

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$

This place has it all. With an entire wall of about a dozen coolers conatining individual beers from around the world that total about 450 from 40 countries, it's a place where even an experienced beer traveler could probably something new. If you like wine, they have that too, a lot lot of it. The building looks like it was an old catereing hall at some point in it's history so they have a plenty of room to fill. The only dislikes I have with the place is the atomoshpere and the service. It feels like you're in a musty cave when inside and some very unfriendly and not that knowledgable people work there (at least in most of my trips there).

Overall, if you ever pass by the Pennington area and want to find something unique, or you just can't find that elusive one you've been searching for, there's a good chance this'll be the place where you can find it.

09-25-2005 01:46:16 | More by evh883
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ.

Located on the Rte 31 circle in Pennington, NJ. Exit 4 off of Rte 95.

Circle Liquors is my local liqour store and a pretty good 1 at that.
A throw back retro 60's looking store with plenty off wine when you first walk in. Make a left and you'll go into the beer section.
Along your left side are several fridge's of single's. They have broken down into Polish/ Russian fridge, Belgium fridge, and even a local NorthEast fridge.
They also have several other fridges filled with the sixer's, variety 12 packs, and mixed 6er's.

I tend to purchase most if not all my beer from this place and have only been skunked a few times.
Their selection ranges from Young's/ Fullers, to Tripal Karmeliet/ Grotten/ St. Feullion, to Baltika, to Troeg's, Allagash, Smuttynose, Anderson Valley, Stone, and on and on.

Although the service isn't helpful, I never need help anyway, 1 women tends to always greet me and show off the newest arrivals.
Pricing is a little high. Stone bombers are around $6 I don't complain.

Overall Circle is the best liquor store in the region!

***update as of 1/1/08***

Circle Liquors is now called Super Saver and they are totally dedicated to "good" beer. When there ask for Carl, he know's too much about beer.

07-04-2006 18:10:38 | More by NJpadreFan
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claspada

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

Staff isnt very helpful or knowledgeable regarding any of the products they have at the store. Originally when I first found this place after it was taken over by Super Saver, it seemed like it was on the up and up but my recent visit was a dissapointment. Some/a lot of the inventory is quite dusty and old, which can be great for special finds, but not all the time, especially for your lower ABV/non-cellaring beers. Despite the above, it is still a good hidden gem on the Pennington Circle in NJ. Good spot to hit up on the way to the NJ Shore. Found some pretty exciting bottle like Weyerbacher Prophecy, Sam Adams Millenium, etc.

08-11-2010 19:54:03 | More by claspada
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

This BuyRite location is an easy detour of this section of 95 that sits about halfway between Philly and Newark.

It is located in a nondescript building with beat up old carpeting and fixtures. After entering, turn left to make your way towards the beer. Stacked on the floor are various bombers, some from small New Jersey breweries, others from the US and abroad. The fridge has a pretty good selection of 6 packs, with more bombers, and a fairly expansive collection of chilled single 12 oz bottles. Some brands I recall are Terrapin, New Holland, Flying Fish, Brooklyn, Epic, Victory, Unibroue, Mikkeller and others.

The prices are reasonable and the staff did not come by to lend any suggestions during my leisurely shopping. But, I did walk away with some beer that I don`t get in CT, so it was a worthwile stop.

12-08-2011 02:07:12 | More by mltobin
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lionking

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My receipt calls this place Circle Liquor Super Saver.

Stopped back after visiting a friend in Pennington, NJ for New Years Eve. This place had a big sign off of I-95 so I had planned on seeking it out if i had time just to compare with my usual stops. I knew the area pretty well as I worked in NJ for about 10 yrs over seven years ago. I used to go to the bank off the circle so I knew of the liquor store but it had been some time.

It was New years day and the two young guys working there didnt want to be there (even with the ability to watch the bowl games on the TV). But who can blame them, i mostly like to look around on my own. There is still plenty for sale that I havent tried.

I was suprised by the large selection of imports from Russia, Poland, etc., beyond the usual selection of English and German beers.I was thrilled to be able to buy singles of some PA beers i cant get in MD such as Yards and Newbold as well as certain varieties of certain brands.

Overall the prices were very reasonable. I was suprised to find some prices lower than the prices I find in MD.

01-05-2010 16:00:00 | More by lionking
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Quality/Quantity
A solid selection of foreign entries such as Russian, Polish, English, Czech, and German with well over 30 different countries represented here. Most importantly a good selection of Belgians (40+) including a steady stocking of Fantome and 6 of the 7 trappist ales. Over 700 beers (80% singles, 20% bombers) with as much as 800-850 yearly including seasonal and limited releases. What I like most is the ample selection of loosies (12oz), where as most retail liquor stores and chains sell only bombers. They seem to get a few new beers a week while they have a few selection of aged beers as well (old vintage JW Lees).

Service
Not much here since Carl left. He definitely knew his beer and took care of fellow BA'ers with special releases and always getting in new and rare stuff traveling the tri-state area on his own time to bring in good stuff. Could always tell you about any new beer they got in and treated everyone equally, whether you were a macro drinker or a micro-light drinker looking to try something new. Loved his job and talking about beer. For now you are pretty much on your own and do your own DD before entering or just do what I do, ignore the hype and just try something new and avoid reviews beforehand to limit being biased.

Value
While things may get expensive quickly from the wide selection, price per bottle is reasonable and within range of surrounding competition. You may pay a premium on certain bottles but you also get the opportunity to buy single's (12oz) and may save you money from making a mistake on buying a six-pack of something you may not like, something the local competition really can't account for.

05-01-2008 23:23:08 | More by beerthulhu
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BillyB

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$

They have an excellent selection of Belgians, German, English and tons of American micro's all available in single bottles. The prices are a little high, but I think it's worth it for the selection.
The staff is the biggest downfall of the place. They are smug and unfriendly and all they do is lean at the registers and smoke. There is one guy there who is helpful and he know's his stuff. His name is Rich.
It's a dangerous parking lot to try and pull in and out of because it's right on a circle(hence the name). So my advice is to drive carefully, ignore the staff and just enjoy the incredible selection of beers from around the world.

11-28-2005 16:25:17 | More by BillyB
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I headed over here on a recent trip to Princeton after hearing about the expanded selection and vintage beer section. I wasn't disappointed. There was an impressive selection of singles all kept in the fridge. Lots of local PA/NJ craft, plus other US offerings from brewers like Stone. Impressive selection of UK and German singles, plus a lot of Belgians as well. I kept walking and ran into the vintage beer shelf located in the middle of the floorspace. They had Westy 8 on the shelf along with several vintages of Fullers Vintage ale, lots of interesting stuff actually. I thought that was it, but I kept walking toward the back and found another set of fridges full of craft 6-packs - way more selection than I expected, and much more than I could take advantage of on this trip, easily dozens of offerings. Service was pretty much non-existent, since there seemed to only be two people working and they were both at the registers. I'll definitely be back though, mainly to hit the singles and vintages rack.

02-09-2008 03:04:14 | More by DrJay
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